Paleontological Museum

Natural History Museum of the Aegean.

 The Museum is open from May until end of October, Tuesday through Saturday 09.00-14.00 and Sunday 10.00-14.00.

On Mondays it is closed.

The official site is www.nhma.gr and the email addresses are  ezhm23@otenet.gr and  nhmsam@otenet.gr

 

The construction of the Museum was completed in August 1994.

It is located in the village of Mitilini of Samos, arrrox. 12Km from the capital of the island and 5km from the village Pythagorio

 

Paleontological

The fossils exhibited at the Museum belong to animals that lived on the up to 10 million years ago.

 During the last 100 years several paleontological excavations have been carried out in Samos by foreign scientists. Unfortunately the important findings of fossilized mammals that were brought to light were smuggled abroad and are currently exhibited at many museums in Europe and the United States.

 The fossils that are displayed at the Paleontological Museum of the University of Samos were found in 1912, during the excavations that were supervised by Prof. T. Skoufos.

 These animals came to Samos during the time that the island was attached to Asia Minor and to the main land of Greece in one unified peninsula. In search of food they moved from Central Asia to Iraq and from there through Asia Minor, Samos and the main land of Greece, they dispersed all over Europe as far as Spain and England.

 The showcases of the Museum display fossilized bones of small sized horses called Hipparion, of Mastodonts (Mastodont Iongirostris), of Hyenas (crocura eximia), of Samotherio (Samotherium boisieri) and of Rhinoceroses.

 

Zoological

 A significant number of animals and birds from Samos and the rest of Greece as well as from all over the world are displayed in this department.

The most important is the historical "Kaplani", a kind of feline who came to Samos 130 years ago, crossing the sea from the coast of Asia Minor. The animal was killed and embalmed by means available at that time. This exhibit was preserved as best as possible, considering the condition it was found in and today is displayed because of its historical value, given the fact that it inspired the theme of the well-known book "The Kaplani in the Glass" written by the famous greek novelist Mrs. Alki Zei, who spent her childhood in Samos.